10 Most Common 11+ Interview Questions and Model Answers

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11+ interview preparation requires a great deal of thought about a student’s broad life experiences and goals. This article focuses on common questions.

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11+ Interview Questions: School Subjects

What is your favourite subject at school and why do you like it?

My favourite subject at school is history. I enjoy it because it allows me to understand the world in a more profound way. When we study the past, it’s like reading a story, except it’s a story about us and how we’ve come to be where we are today. Recently, we’ve been studying the Victorian Era, which I found particularly fascinating due to the rapid changes in society during that period. 

Can you tell me about a recent project or assignment you particularly enjoyed working on? Why did you enjoy it?

Recently, we were assigned to create a presentation on environmental conservation in science class. I enjoyed this assignment because it combined my interest in the environment with research and public speaking. I explored innovative ways to conserve water and presented it to the class. It was a rewarding experience as it ignited further discussions among my classmates.

What makes you a good fit for our school?

I believe that I am a good fit for the school because I am motivated, kind, and work hard. I will do my utmost to succeed in each of my academic subjects, and I know that this is a very academic school. I will also work hard at sports – I’m the captain of the 1st XI for football at my school, and play in the As for rugby as well. I want to play sports at as high a level as possible, and I know that the school prides itself on its sports teams. I’m also very independent, and used to spending time away from my parents with others my own age, having boarded at my prep school for the past two years. 

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11+ Interview Questions and Answers: Hobbies and Interests

What do you enjoy doing outside of school? Can you tell me about one of your hobbies?

Outside of school, I love to paint. It’s a way for me to express my emotions and ideas. If I had an entire day free, I would set up my canvas in the backyard and paint a scene from nature. There’s something therapeutic about capturing the beauty of the natural world on canvas.

If you had an entire day free to pursue one of your hobbies, what would you do and why?

If I had an entire day to pursue one of my hobbies, I would spend it playing the violin. I have been learning to play for three years now and I absolutely love it. Music, for me, is an escape from reality and a form of self-expression. I would probably try to master a complex piece or even try composing a melody of my own.

How do you spend a typical weekend?

I haven’t had Saturday school at my prep school, so I’d normally have breakfast with my family on Saturday morning. My parents don’t work on the weekends, so we normally have some family time. On Saturday afternoon I’ll often have a game, which I’ll always look forward to. Afterwards I’ll spend some time with my friends, and maybe go over for a sleepover. Then on Sunday we’ll do something as a family – often go for a day trip somewhere, or go for a walk outside of London. I find that a really nice way to relax. On Sunday evening I’ll make sure I’ve done all my homework and get ready for school on Monday.

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11+ Interview Questions and Answers: Personal Attributes

Can you give an example of a time when you helped a friend or classmate?

Last month, one of my classmates was struggling with mathematics. As it’s one of my strong subjects, I offered to tutor them after school. We worked through the problems together, and seeing their improvement and confidence grow was a rewarding experience for both of us.

Can you describe a goal that you set for yourself this year?

This year, I’ve set a substantial personal goal for myself which is to read at least one book per month. This goal is important to me because I believe that reading broadens my horizons and exposes me to diverse perspectives and cultures. It also enhances my vocabulary and comprehension skills, which are essential not just for my English subject, but also for all the subjects that require comprehensive understanding.

To achieve this goal, I’ve devised a systematic plan and incorporated reading into my daily routine. I’ve designated a reading corner in my room which is free from distractions where I can immerse myself in books. Every night, regardless of how busy my day was, I read for at least 20 minutes before going to bed. This habit has made reading an integral part of my life.

To ensure a variety of genres and authors, I make a reading list at the start of each month, sometimes picking books suggested by my teachers, friends, or ones that have won literary awards. Not only have I consistently met my goal each month so far, but this practice has also cultivated my love for literature and reading, enriching my life in more ways than one.

How do you think your teachers would describe you?

I think that they would describe me as a very good student who is kind to others and an important part of the year. I put a great deal of effort into my classes, so any teacher that you asked would know me to be a hard worker. I treat everyone else with respect, both students and teachers, so they would comment on that as well. I spend my free time playing sports and taking part in different activities, so hopefully they would talk about that as well. 

What is your greatest weakness?

My greatest weakness is that sometimes I don’t divide my time up well enough. For example, if I have three lots of homework to do, I might spend a very long time on the first set, as I want to make it as good as I can. Then I will realise that I don’t have as long as I would like to do the other sets, and have to stay up late to finish them. However, this is something that I am working on, and I’ve been getting much better recently at planning my time and being organised as well.

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